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Dentofacial Orthopedics

You may have noticed that our doctor specializes in "Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics." While most people have heard of orthodontics, many are confused by the dentofacial orthopedics part of the title.

Every orthodontist starts out in dental school. Upon completion of dental school, some graduates immediately go into practice as dentists. Others choose to pursue a specialty, which requires additional schooling during a two- to three-year residency program. There are nine specialties sanctioned by the American Dental Association. Some you are likely familiar with: Pediatric Dentistry (dentistry for children), Periodontics (dentistry focusing on the gums), and Oral Surgery.

 "Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics" is one of the nine specialties. Essentially, while orthodontics entails the management of tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood. Appliances are frequently used — the more familiar braces for orthodontics, and other specialized appliances like headgear and expanders depending on what facial abnormalities are present. Sometimes orthopedic treatment may precede conventional braces, but often the two are used at the same time. So if your child gets braces and headgear, he's actually undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

Being skilled in both areas, our doctor is able to diagnose any misalignments in the teeth and jaw as well as the facial structure, and can devise a treatment plan that integrates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments.

Every staff member from the receptionists to assistants to Dr. Blue were so incredibly friendly I thought I was at Disneyland at 7:30 in the morning! I was well taken care of. The interior design is very posh and unexpected for an orthodontist office! It was a great experience...would highly recommend! — Kelly

Dr. Blue and his staff make you feel like family. We have never had a day in that office where the staff was not happy, friendly and eager to help. They explain treatments, procedures and answer questions to the fullest each time we are there. We love them. — B.V.

I would definitely recommend Blue Orthodontics. Both my daughter and I are in braces. The staff is so friendly and accomodating, they coordinate our appointments together which makes life much easier. Dr. Blue himself is awesome..he always explains what they are doing and what the next steps in my treatment are going to be. — T.L

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